East End Vend Returns for Second Year to Portland Friday Afternoon


Above is a Segment of The Popular “Clam Digger” Mural Will Once Again Serve as the Backdrop for the East End Vend at the Corner of Congress Street and Washington Avenue. The Mural was Painted Almost Five Years Ago by Susan Bartlett Rice, of Walpole.  Mike Salisbury, the Owner of the Building in Which the SNUG is Located, Paid for the Mural

The Old Wells Farm Produce Stand at the East End Vend Last August.

East End Vend, an outdoor mini-market, is back!  It will be returning to the corner of Congress Street and Washington Avenue this weekend according to Simonne Feeney, manager of the event, an employee of Maine Crafts Association, the host of the event.

Last August, was the first year that the mini-market was set up in that highly visible location. It was created due to the cancellation of all craft shows in greater Portland last year. That left a void for artists and crafts people to display their goods.

There is space for about 15 vendors.  Some of those displaying their work this year include:  Eliza from Morris & Essex; Aklilu from Niyat Catering, and Emily from Doles Orchard Box Shop.  Later on in the season when crops are matured, farmers will display their produce for sale as well.

In the past that property has been for sale for development.  It has not happened so far.  Let’s hope that whatever sometime develops there never covers up that engaging mural by Susan Bartlett Rice.

East End Vend has scheduled two mini-market events in Congress Square Park.  The dates are July 2, 2021 and August 6th, 2021.

The Vend runs this Friday from 3:00 pm – until 7:00 pm.  It runs on Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

For more background information on the East End Vend, please see post herein dated August 17, 2020.

Munjoy HIll resident Sadie Bliss is the Executive Director of the Maine Crafts Association.